Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

About the Book

Book:  The Dating Charade
Author: Melissa Ferguson
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Romantic  Comedy
Release Date: December 3, 2019

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

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My Review

So this author's debut definitely went off with a bang- this book contains the romance, the drama, and a look at real love outside of just romance. Here's where I had an issue (and this is twice now this year with Thomas Nelson-another author)- it's not a romantic comedy- it's very much more a contemporary fiction with a romance that seems to be more in the background. When I hear romantic comedy and I read the blurb, I was expecting You've Got Mail, and that's not what we got. This book had a lot of heart, really well developed characters, and a well-rounded plot that emphasizes loving kids that reminded me of like foster care, and I loved that. What I didn't love was how they hid it from each other, and how some of the plot was just not realistically believable that made up a chunk of the story. The romance was sweet and redemptive, and I think we can relate with the characters and their weaknesses. So if you're looking for a romantic contemporary fiction, this one is for you. I think this new author shows a lot of promise, and would be worth reading again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.

About the Author

Melissa Ferguson lives in Bristol, Tennessee, where she is an adjunct professor at King University and pens books that make her laugh and grow. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now she and her husband are outnumbered, and her hobbies include diaper changes, chasing toddlers in parking lots, and admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “Winnie the Pooh.” She survives by Jesus, rom coms, and roughly two espresso shots a day. The Dating Charade is her first novel.  

Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt of The Dating Charade HERE.

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